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Penn College Magazine, 2015-16 Annual Report edition

The Winter 2016/Annual Report issue of Penn College Magazine is available. You can read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: A message from President Davie Jane Gilmour, student Anthony DiBucci sees art in hands-on work, plus many other highlights from 2015-16. Visit to share articles and leave your comments.

Last updated December 8, 2016 | Posted in Penn College Magazine | Leave a comment

A Giving Campus Makes Holidays Happy for Scores of Youngsters

Gifts stand gathered for Thursday delivery to Salvation Army-arranged recipients.

As they have for so many years, Penn College employees and students can take pride in knowing they made someone smile this holiday season. A total of 60 “someones,” in fact – 60 youngsters, from infants to 12-year-olds – whose ornaments were pulled from The Giving Tree. An annual Bush Campus Center tradition, this year supervised by Diversity and Community Engagement, the tree is adorned with children’s wishes collected by The Salvation Army. Students, faculty/staff, organizations and offices fulfill those dreams, filling gift bags with on behalf of children in need within the Williamsport area.
Photo by Todd Moore, student affairs marketing specialist

College Faculty Help High-Schoolers Crack ‘Code’

In a “Coding Unplugged” session, a student solves a problem by moving disks from one spot to another. Students learned that repeating and combining the movements that solve a simple problem can solve more complex problems.

High school students from as far as Warren County in northwestern Pennsylvania and Chester County in the state’s southeastern corner were among those participating in an “Hour of Code” event at Penn College on Thursday. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. At Penn College, the students gathered for a “Coding Unplugged” activity with Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology. Later, they toured campus and practiced coding Ozobots with Spyke M. Krepshaw, instructor of web and interactive media, and Alicia McNett, instructor of computer information technology. A project of the nonprofit Code.org, the Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Most Hour of Code events are scheduled during Computer Science Education Week. The week coincides with the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, who was born Dec. 9, 1906.

Baking/Pastry Students Mark Madigan Milestone in ‘Grand’ Fashion

Paige E. Pearson, of Williamsburg, serves a slice of buche de Noel to Joann Ertel, whose father, Kenneth E. Carl, was director of Williamsport Technical Institute and president of Williamsport Area Community College, both forerunners of Penn College.

Baking and pastry arts students show their gratitude on a centerpiece cake. (Photo by Becky J. Shaner, manager of student/alumni engagement and special events)

Thanks is spelled out in an edible holiday theme by Kayla M. Peters, of Pine Grove.

A family admires the students’ work.

Jennie E. Zarcufsky, of Ringtown, commemorates the event’s “Knowledge Building” theme with a stack of chocolate books and candles that “twinkle” with blown-sugar flames.

Students in the baking and pastry arts major coordinated a grand buffet Saturday that served as a capstone to their associate degree and as a gesture of gratitude to those whose gifts support the applied-technology education provided by Penn College. For the students, the buffet is the final project in the Pastry Food Show and Buffet Presentations Concepts course. Taught by Todd M. Keeley, instructor of baking and pastry arts and culinary arts, the course incorporates skills learned throughout the students’ associate-degree education. In addition to carefully planning the presentation, each student produced edible centerpieces and a variety of decadent pastries. The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Madigan Library, which opened to students in 2006. Invited guests included donors to the library and members of the college’s 1914 Society. “Whether a donation is turned into a book or a study carrel or an online resource, it becomes part of the brick and mortar of this building, a resource used innumerable times by a continuous array of students and faculty,” said Tracey Amey, library director, who joined President Davie Jane Gilmour in offering remarks to the guests. “I have the privilege of seeing your donations in action every day, and I offer a deep and heartfelt ‘Thank you.’”

Turning Castoffs Into Couture

Mahaffey (left) joins her runway entourage: Samantha M. Via, Jasmin Vega, Meghan J. Herman and Alexandra Pyda. Pyda is a nursing major; the others are enrolled in industrial design.

Thomas E. Ask, industrial design professor, and Via's mother, Rona, check out the "trashion" accessories.

A voguish Vega strikes a pose ...

... and designer and model have fun with fashion.

The “Trashion Fashion Show,” industrial design student Ashley E. Mahaffey’s senior project with a (re)purpose, was a clear crowd-pleaser in Penn College’s Thompson Professional Development Center. The Hughesville resident crafted clothing and accessories from discarded newspapers, magazines and the like, enlisting four friends to model them and eliciting considerable applause as each was unveiled. “Ashley was very happy with the results and very brave in embarking on a project like this,” said Thomas E. Ask, professor of industrial design and Mahaffey’s capstone adviser. “She had great assistance by an industry expert, Valerie Beggs, and put tons of energy, enthusiasm and intellect into the project.”
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

 

Curator’s Tour Closes Fiber Arts Exhibit

Cynthia Friedman, “A Man Among Giants,” silk, silk organza, cotton batting and backing, silk thread and interfacing material, 39" x 53”

A curator’s tour of the popular “Connected by Stitch” exhibit is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, in The Gallery at Penn College.

Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Connected by Stitch,” a juried exhibition showcasing a wide range of 2-D and 3-D fiber art, opened on Oct. 22 and is set to close Thursday, Dec. 8.

The curator’s tour will be led by Meredith Eachus Armstrong and intends to be an insightful survey of the artwork, the exhibiting artists, the curation process and an overview of contemporary quilt-making techniques utilized by artists in the show.

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Student’s Work Brings Branding Upgrade to On-Campus Venue

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Le Jeune Patissier – translated “the young pastry chef” – recently employed new visual branding, courtesy of a graphic design student’s senior project work.

As a student, Breanne M. Chandler, who received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the college in May, was a regular customer at Le Jeune Patissier at the Market, an on-campus venue for baking and pastry arts students to learn about bakeshop production and managing a retail bakery.

“One day, I joked with Chef Charles (R. Niedermyer, instructor of baking and pastry arts, whose classes operate the Le Jeune Patissier sales) that he should have a customer punch card so students like me could earn free pastries,” Chandler said. “I told him that I would even design a card for him. At that time, my motivation for designing for Le Jeune Patissier at The Market was purely centered on my small college student wallet and my big appetite for sweets.”

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Penn College Industrial Design Student Excels in Industry Setting

Jasmin Vega

The inquisitive, hard-working student faced a dilemma when pondering college. She possessed considerable artistic talent, yet loved to study people and the reasons behind their actions. Confronted with the career-path choice, she picked psychology over art and enrolled at a community college.

A year later, the student decided to scrap her psychology track and bridge her disparate interests by transferring to Pennsylvania College of Technology as an industrial design major.

If her performance at a recent internship is an accurate gauge, Jasmin Vega made the right decision.

Vega – a Clifton, New Jersey, native, who resides in nearby Woodland Park – excelled interning for IBC Shell Packaging in Lake Success, New York. The company designs, engineers and manufactures packaging, displays and giftware for global brands, including many in the luxury, spirits and beauty sectors.

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Traditional ‘Snow Ball’ Adds to End-of-Semester Joy

The Mountain Laurel Room makes a seamless transition into a dance floor.

After the DJ dedicated a song to two people – one in the room and one not – alumnus Ryan A. Gibson surprised student Morgan N. Keyser with a big entrance.

Peter W. Van Hemert (left), a software development and information management major from Mechanicsburg, exults in the musical moment.

Enjoying the masked revelry are (clockwise from left) Lacey M. Watson, Isaac W. Faubion, Kimberly J. Strunk and Mel P. Wolfe.

More than 80 people attended the Wildcat Events Board’s annual Snow Ball, held from 8-11 p.m. Friday in the Thompson Professional Development Center. The semi-formal – with a masquerade theme this year – included music from Monster Sound DJ Services, appetizers and beverages.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Gaming Students Present Final Projects to CC Audience

Timothy E. Duclos, of State College impresses the Bush Campus Center crowd.

Classmates and others listen intently to student presentations.

Josephina L. Bair, of Mill Hall, details her work with Dress Maker 2016.

Penn's Inn offers intimate space, appropriately enhanced by technology.

Students from the information technology sciences-gaming and simulation major who are completing the capstone course presented their senior projects to fellow students, faculty and the community over multiple days in Penn’s Inn. “The presentations provide students with the opportunity to showcase their work, as well as describe their learning from both designing and implementing the project,” explained Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer

Students’ Self-Expression Blooms in Art Elective

With winter fast approaching, this splash of color by Katlyn J. Hackling, a culinary arts and system student from Williamsport, is most appreciated!

Floral displays supplement ESC's natural surroundings.

A "Hogarth Curve," designed by Cy C. Heller, of Milton, also a culinary major.

In future years, students' arrangements will be displayed on main campus for many more to see and enjoy.

"Log of Art" was created by Randall C. Janowitz, of Milton, another culinary arts and systems student.

Students in Karen R. Ruhl’s “The Art of Floral Design” class proudly displayed their final projects at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center this past week. The students – most of them culinary students, with the exception of a dental hygiene major – chose a design style in consultation with their instructor, an award-winning Penn College alumna and owner of Special Occasion Florals in Williamsport. “These kids are great and most of them have never had any floral experience. This class allows students to be safe in expressing themselves in a new art form, and they learn a skill they can use forever,” Ruhl said. “Floral art is a different kind of outlet for most people and, as you can see, with a little basic understanding of elements and principles, one can create a beautiful work of art.”
Photos by Davie Jane Gilmour, college president, and
Justin W. Beishline, assistant dean of transportation and natural resources technologies

Poinsettias Still Available for Purchase at ESC Greenhouse

Wide assortment of poinsettias available at ESC.

Greenhouse filled with seasonal color

Potted plants among available items

The poinsettia sale continues at the Schneebeli Earth Science Center, where there remain lots of red and red glitter, as well as limited inventory of pink, white and burgundy. Among items for sale are pan centerpieces for $4 each, 6 1/2-inch pots for $7 and 7-inch pots for $9. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday while supplies last. The greenhouse is closed Saturday and Sunday.
Photos by Justin Shelinski, laboratory assistant for horticulture

Penn College Hoops Teams Coming Off 0-7 Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology basketball teams were a combined 0-7 last week, 0-6 as they began play in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Year-End Traditions Make It Clear: Finals Week Will Soon Be Here!

Ty J. Hewett, an automotive technology student from York, shows off his pancakes at Midnight Breakfast.

Thursday’s “Up All Night” events across campus marked the imminent end of another semester at Penn College. A total of 658 hungry scholars were served at the popular Midnight Breakfast in the Keystone Dining Room; and Madigan Library tempered the butterflies with extended hours and a visit between 70-some students and eight very affectionate instructional aides.

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